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Cannellini Bean Appetizer Spread

No Comments | Written on September 4, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Hosting a get-together this weekend?   Time to start thinking about appetizers and small bites to offer your guests.  I love this “Cannellini Bean Appetizer Spread” because it comes together quickly and tastes even better the next day.   Whip up a batch tonight and you will be all set for the weekend!

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Muhammara – Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Walnut Dip

1 Comment | Written on July 14, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

This is it, I have found my new favorite go-to party dip.  It’s easy to prepare, brimming with flavor, and unique!

This “Roasted Red Pepper and Toasted Walnut Dip” is a long way of describing “Muhammara” – a dip with Middle Eastern roots that is sure to be a hit at your next party.

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Super “Bread” Bowl Dips

1 Comment | Written on January 31, 2014 at 12:00 am , by

Getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend?  It sure is hopping here in New York City!  The city is jam packed with visitors and it seems like everyone is throwing parties, even before the big game!  Even Times Square is shut down for a street party they are calling “Super Bowl Boulevard.

I wanted to get in the Super Bowl spirit with two different dip-in-a-bread-bowl recipes.  One to celebrate the Denver Broncos and one in honor of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Vegan Artichoke and Roasted Cumin Dip

2 Comments | Written on May 22, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

The easy recipe uses only a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry.  It blends up in seconds and also just happens to be Vegan!

I think this dip is perfect for parties because it pleases all palates and dietary needs.  Plus, how can you go wrong with a recipe that is ready to serve in about 60 seconds?!

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Peperonata Dip

1 Comment | Written on March 19, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

This spicy and smoky concoction of stewed red peppers and tomatoes has become my new favorite go to recipe!  It’s so much more than a dip.  It can be a sandwich spread, a pizza topping, a burger condiment…the list goes on and on.   Did I mention it’s vegan and gluten-free?  Believe me, you need to try peperonata!

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How to Make Guacamole

3 Comments | Written on February 23, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

This recipe for fresh guacamole is so good, it could win an Oscar!  Literally…

On Sunday when the Academy hand out their annual awards, I am most excited to see who wins the “Animated Short” category.  Sure, I’ll be excited to see Hugh Jackman looking dapper, and thrilled to find out who takes home Best Picture, but this little category is of particular interest to foodies this year!   

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Super Simple Super Bowl Cheese Dip

1 Comment | Written on January 18, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

You can’t get much easier than a two ingredient dip.  When it comes to the big game, sometimes you need to refill the snacks, STAT!    This recipe can be whipped up in minutes and it is sure to satisfy hungry Super Bowl guests.

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Spiked Guacamole and a Photography Tutorial!

11 Comments | Written on October 4, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Today I am excited to show you not only how to make this delicioso “Tequila Spiked Guacamole” but I also have a few easy tips for styling and photographing your food at home.  I promise you don’t need a fancy camera or a degree from Le Cordon Bleu!

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Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip

16 Comments | Written on September 27, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Football season is underway and you know what that means…Game Day Foods!   This ooey gooey cheesy dip earned top honors in our recent “Game Day” recipe contest.  If you love chicken enchiladas, wait until you try this Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip!

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Untraditional Christmas Appetizer Recipes

15 Comments | Written on December 14, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Do you have a holiday guest who is gluten-free?  Maybe you invited a vegan friend over for a cocktail party?  Traditional holiday fare can be tough when dealing with a variety of dietary restrictions.  No worries!  I have a list of my top 5 favorite appetizer recipes – each of which is great not only for those on a special diet, but ones anyone can enjoy!

Take a look at my Top 5 Untraditional Christmas Appetizer Recipes for Special Diets:


This Gluten-Free Fiesta Dip with Homemade Corn Chip “Stars” is a great addition to any holiday menu.  Everyone will love the spicy dip and the star-shaped chips make the recipe even more festive!

Gluten-Free Fiesta Dip


8 ounce package block-style cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup hot taco sauce

4 ounce can chopped green chiles

2 Tablespoons chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt


Chili powder for dusting

Chopped cilantro

Gluten-free chips for dipping


Combine all ingredients except garnish and chips.  Spoon into serving bowl; dust with chili powder and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or homemade baked chips.

*To make homemade corn chip “stars” I used a star-shaped cookie cutter and my favorite brand corn tortillas.  I lightly spritzed them with olive oil and baked at 350 until crispy!


Healthy and adorable!  This Vegan “Christmas Tree” Veggie Plate with Hummus is prepared without any animal products.

 Vegan “Christmas Tree” Veggie Plate with Hummus


Your favorite homemade or prepared hummus

Broccoli florets (reserve stem)

Cauliflower florets

Cherry or Grape tomatoes

Garnish:  Slice of starfruit, or yellow bell pepper cut in a star shape


On a large serving platter, spread a layer of your favorite homemade or prepared hummus.  Lightly press the broccoli florets into the hummus in the shape of a Christmas tree.  Use the reserved broccoli stem to make the tree trunk.  Use the cauliflower florets to fill in all the blank space on the platter.  Garnish the broccoli “tree” with cherry or grape tomatoes and top with a slice of starfruit!  (If starfruit in unavailable, simply cut a yellow bell pepper into the shape of a star.)


Bottled cocktail sauce can be laden with extra sugars or high fructose corn syrup.  This recipe for Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sugar-Free Cocktail Sauce tastes so much better and can be enjoyed by everyone!

Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sugar-Free Cocktail Sauce


6 ounce can tomato paste

1/4 cup Spicy V-8 Vegetable Juice

1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until well blended.   Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to blend flavors.  Adjust seasonings, if needed.  You can make it as spicy as you like!  Serve with cooked cold shrimp with tails.  Make the shrimp even more festive by wrapping them with chive “bows!”


Bite-sized appetizers are always fun for a party.  In this recipe, the “cups” are made out of sliced turkey!   Everyone will love these Low-Carb Turkey-Spinach Cups.

Low Carb Turkey-Spinach Cups


24 slices refrigerated deli-style shaved smoked turkey or oven-roasted turkey slices

10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup pre-shredded Italian blend cheese

1/3 cup Garden Vegetable flavor tub-style cream cheese spread

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place one turkey slice into each of 24 miniature muffin pan cups. Press and form into a cup shape with high sides.  Combine all remaining ingredients until well blended.  Spoon a couple teaspoons into each turkey cup.  Bake for 15 minutes or until filling is hot and edges of turkey start to brown slightly.  Serve warm.


You don’t even need a recipe to make these Veggie “Chicken” Bites with Festive Garnish!  Holiday guests will love the splash of color and burst of flavor.

Veggie “Chicken” Bites with Festive Garnish


Vegetarian “Chicken” Patties

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Green onion, sliced

Parmesan cheese, grated

Sour cream

Jalapeno peppers, sliced

Red pepper, sliced


Prepare “chicken” patties according to package directions.  Slice into quarters.  Top half  of the wedges with cherry tomatoes, green onion and Parmesan cheese.  Top the other half of the wedges with a dollop of sour cream, jalapeno slices and thin slices of red pepper.  Serve with toothpicks.